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Description

Rustic 16ft x 20ft log cabin fully ADA compliant.

Facilities

Wood bunk (single over an ADA accessible bunk), Loft with two 52 inch wide wood bunks, Table with 4 separate benches, Wood heating stove with glass door - not a cooking stove, Cooking counter, Broom and dustpan, Romtec vault restroom, 200 feet away, Artesian well water, 300 feet away, Picnic Table, Combination fire ring/grill with log benches, Parking space for up to 3 standard vehicles, Gravel pathway to bench overlooking creek

Capacity

8

Area

Baranof Island

Location

7 miles north of downtown Sitka, Alaska, and 3/4 mile from Alaska Marine Highway Sitka Ferry Terminal; within Starrigavan Recreation Area, Estuary.

Access

15 minute drive from downtown Sitka or 2 minute drive from Alaska Marine Highway Sitka Ferry Terminal.

Terrain

Level streamside terrain adjacent to Starrigavan Creek, with the overstory of a hemlock-spruce forest and understory of primarily salmonberry bushes. Visual screening between the cabin and adjacent campsites can be maintained if activities and travel are kept to the cabin pad, designated pathways and the parking spur.

Special Features

Cabin constructed in 2008 using 35-40 year old young growth spruce logs harvested from upper Starrigavan Valley fall of 2007. This cabin is an experiment in learning the longevity of young spruce logs for construction purposes. Nearby federal facilities within the Starrigavan Recreation Area include: 34 campsites, 6 picnic sites, two Host sites, 1/4 mile ADA accessible Estuary Life Boardwalk Trail and parking lot, Starrigavan Bird Viewing Shelter, artesian well, the Mosquito Cove Trailhead and parking lot with about 1000 feet of ADA accessible trail. State facilities include: 3/4 mile protected pedestrian walkway from ferry terminal; Sitka State Historic Site and boat launch, 3/4 mile ADA accessible Forest and Muskeg Trail and 1 mile dirt tread Mosquito Cove Trail. All these facilities are open year round with limited vehicle access to camping and picnic areas when snow covers the roadways.

Season Of Use

Open year round with vehicle access restrictions October 1-April 30; walk in 1/4 mile when ice or any amount of snow on the access road

Managing Agency

Tongass National Forest

What To Bring

Cooking stove, sleeping bags and pads, garbage bags (see garbage policy below), matches, fire starter, tablecloth to protect cedar table top in cabin, pots, pans, eating and cooking utensils, coolers to store ALL food, camp chairs, lanterns, flashlights, candles are discouraged but if used must have a container underneath to catch dripping wax, 5 gallon pails work well for those unable or unwilling to trek out into the night or cold to the restroom.

Rowboat

No

Stove

Wood - heating only

More Info

Split Firewood - if bringing own firewood for the stove it must be sized to 15 inches or less to prevent breaking the glass door on the Quadra fire wood stove. Split firewood is extra. Hosts do not make change. The cabin must be vacated no later than NOON the following day.

USGS Topo Map

Sitka A-5

Getting There

Coordinates
Latitude: 57.129625
Longitude: -135.362869

Photos

Starrigavan Creek Cabin